Quatrain by Sharon Shinn | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Quatrain

Quatrain

3.8 20
by Sharon Shinn
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses books have fascinated readers and critics alike with their irresistible blend of fantasy, romance, and adventure. Now in Quatrain, she weaves compelling stories in four of the worlds that readers love in Fight, Blood, Gold, and Flame.

Overview

Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses books have fascinated readers and critics alike with their irresistible blend of fantasy, romance, and adventure. Now in Quatrain, she weaves compelling stories in four of the worlds that readers love in Fight, Blood, Gold, and Flame.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The four enchanting novellas within Shinn's shimmering collection make delightful introductions to her romantic science fantasy worlds and thrill fans eager for a return visit. In “Flight” (the Samaria series), Aunt Salome tries to protect her niece from Raphael, an archangel with a dark past. In “Blood” (Heart of Gold), 17-year-old Kerk Socast moves from Gold Mountain to a distant city, where women's activist Jalciana Candachi helps him search for his runaway mother and find peace. In “Gold,” (Summers at Castle Auburn), war endangers the life of Princess Zara, who enjoys refuge in magically alluring Alora so much she doesn't want to go home. “Flame” (the Twelve Houses series) explores the fiery dangers of an untutored young Mystic and provides a whimsical conclusion to a satisfying collection that affirms Shinn's skill with the shorter form. (Oct.)
VOYA - Brenna Shanks
These stories revisit four of Sharon Shinn's fantasy/science fiction worlds. Flight takes place on Samaria, a world ruled by genetically engineered angels. In this tale, middle-aged Salome encounters the angel lover she abandoned long ago. When another angel's schemes endanger her young niece, Salome risks everything, including her second chance with Stephan, to rescue the girl. Blood revisits the deeply divided world of Heart of Gold (Ace Books, 2000/VOYA August 2000) where the patriarchal gulden and matriarchal indigos live in constant conflict. Young gulden Kerk, searching for his lost mother and sister, visits an indigo city and meets an independent indigo woman who changes his ideas about race, gender, and relationships. In Gold, Shinn returns to the world from Summers at Castle Auburn (2007/VOYA August 2001). Crown Princess Zara, fleeing an imminent war, tries to resist the temptations of the fae kingdom, Alora. If she fails, she will forget her former life completely, including the man she loves. In Flame, a prequel to Mystic and Rider (2005/VOYA October 2005), Senneth is blamed for the unnatural fires plaguing a village and must discover the real culprit. Romance, intrigue, imaginative settings, and strong characters are hallmarks of Shinn's works. These stories are no exception. Long-time fans will enjoy returning to favorite worlds, and new readers might find reasons to seek out the companion novels. Because these tales are from Shinn's adult novels and not her teen books, they are best for older teens. Reviewer: Brenna Shanks
Library Journal
Four new novellas, each set in one of Shinn's original world backgrounds, make up this volume by one of fantasy's most prolific and versatile writers. "Flight" returns to the world of Shinn's Samaria novels, where "angels" dwell among mortals and one woman faces her greatest betrayal. The novels Heart of Gold and Summers at Castle Auburn provide the settings for "Blood" and "Gold," respectively, while "Flame" tells the tale of one of the Twelve Houses series' most intriguing characters. VERDICT The author's large following should enjoy these reminders of Shinn's storytelling skill and her ability to create real people in imaginary worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101148600
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
579,123
File size:
467 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >